Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced it is donating more than $170,000 to several organizations in Napa County that are helping residents in fire-impacted areas. The donation is part of the energy company’s efforts to help companies rebuild following the fires by partnering with organizations to improve resilience.
“Donations to community-based organizations are one way we support our customers. These organizations provide a variety of crucial services that are essential after a major disaster such as the wildfires,” said Dave Canny, Senior Manager for PG&E’s North Bay and Sonoma Divisions.
Here are some of the organizations that play key roles as communities respond, rebuild and become resilient:
- Lighthouse for the Blind: $25,000 to the Enchanted Hills Camp and Retreat in Mount Veeder to help purchase a generator for its long-term emergency shelter.
- Marin Builders Association: $10,000 for its trade school scholarship fund.
- Mentis: $20,000 for mental health support.
- Napa Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation: $10,000 for general recovery support.
- Napa Communities Firewise Foundation: $20,000 to help prepare citizens for wildfires.
- Napa-Lake Workforce Investment Board: $20,000 for job training and placement of displaced workers.
- Napa United Soccer: $10,000 for assistance to low-income and displaced families.
- Puertas Abiertas Community Resource Center: $25,000 for its efforts to support Spanish-speaking customers impacted by the wildfires.
- UpValley Family Centers: $30,000 to help support families in Calistoga and St. Helena.
Additionally, PG&E granted the Land Trust of Napa County $25,000 as part of its Better Together Resilient Communities grant for the Land Trust’s watershed restoration plan.
“We are fortunate to be able to work toward conservation and resilience in this wonderful community. While we do have additional work to do in response to fire impacts, this contribution from PG&E will also help toward a number of other restoration and stewardship projects as well,” said Mike Palladini, Stewardship Program Manager for the Land Trust of Napa County.
PG&E recently expanded its Better Together Resilient Communities grant program, doubling funding to $2 million over five years, and is now funding four projects annually — focused on land and forestry management. In addition, PG&E Corporation contributed $1 million in shareholder funds to launch the “California Climate Challenge,” a new corporate-giving initiative dedicated to helping communities be more resilient in the face of climate change.